January 26 - Cuts for Cancer in Guelph, in support of St. Baldrick's and Childhood Cancer Canada
May 26: Mitchell Fraser Memorial Slo Pitch Tournament, in support of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
June 10-16: Canadian Administrator for International Neuroblastoma Awareness Week.
June 14/15: Relay for Life in Fergus, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society
In June, Sharing Hope", a book from our friends at Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC), was published. To have Darrel and our family included in this was something to certainly take note of at this time. Another of the personal Highlights for me was our participation in the renovation of Stait Park in Fergus, making it the first fully accessible playground to be opened in the Centre Wellington area. While there are many places that will always hold a special connection to Darrel with me, I had also wanted to have a physical location in the community where Darrel could be remembered. The opportunities presented by Park were just what I hoped to achieve: Having a more public spot to honour Darrel's memory; and helping to bring smiles and laughter to other local children. The Park opened for Play at the end of July, with the official ceremonies taking place on September 15, 2013.
Thank You once again to everyone who contributed to any and/or all the fundraisers in 2013.
In December, the ongoing growth of this website allowed it to surpass the 16,000 Hits Mark. Recently, in addition to our pages on Facebook and Twitter, we have also launched a Tumblr account as well. While much of the content is similar on each of these, the different platforms do allow the message of childhood cancer awareness to spread to more people who we may not have reached otherwise. Your Online support, much like with the fundraising, is greatly appreciated.
The past year was filled with other highs and lows, some of which were resolved, while others will carry over into the days and months ahead. With the continuing support of family and friends, along with the kindness of strangers, I'm sure these obstacles will be overcome in the near future.
All the Best to everyone in 2014!!!